Curriculum & InstructionTeachers

The 411 on the SAT Assessment Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section – Writing and Language Test Written by Bill Reed   The ability to read, write, understand, and use language properly to edit and correct passages are the important aspects… Continue Reading…

BehaviorSpecial EducationTeachers

5 Steps to Helping Students on the Autism Spectrum Written by Amanda Rinehart   Applied Behavioral Analysis…you have heard about it and you may have been told to use it. “They” told you that it will solve all of your… Continue Reading…

Book Lists

6 Best Books for School Principals in 2021 Written by Dianne McKinley   Being a school administrator is hard work! You wear a lot of hats on a daily basis. In between leading staff, supporting students, connecting with parents and… Continue Reading…

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15 Fall Decor Ideas for Your Classroom   If you are looking for decorating ideas for your classroom this Fall, you have come to the right place! Decorating each season can be tons of fun with these easy ideas. Check… Continue Reading…

Curriculum & InstructionParentsTeachers

The Best Way to Teach Struggling Readers   If you are an educator or parent, then you have likely spent some time thinking about the best ways to teach children to read. If you are a parent or educator with… Continue Reading…

Book Lists

Congratulations on your new teaching position! As educators, we commit to a life-time of learning. You will learn more in your first five years of teaching than you can possibly imagine. To help get you started, we put together a list of books for you. Check out our list of the 5 best books every new elementary teacher should read.

Classroom

While schools are still deciding when students will be able to return to school, the one thing we know is that we will eventually be back in the classroom again. Heading back to school will look different this year. Teachers will be taking precautions to keep students and themselves safe. The CDC has provided schools with recommendations to help lower the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. One of the recommendations is to wear a face mask to help stop the spread of germs. We put together a list of FUN face masks to give your return to school a little extra pizzazz. Check out our list of top 10 face masks for teachers.

Social-Emotional Learning

One of the toughest things for many of us has been navigating all of the roles we play and every system we’re a part of while facing unprecedented change. That kind of shift is not easy and we’ve never all been asked to do it at the same time before. This is a first. It’s okay to feel a range of emotions. For me, I feel them all at different times every day – sometimes hourly! So, for today, I simply want to share a few simple strategies I’ve practiced. I am hopeful that there will be a takeaway or two for you that can be utilized in your homes, for your students, or in your virtual classrooms.

Social-Emotional Learning

You can’t create a shift in the lives of our students and staff without (you guessed it) creating a shift in the system! So, where do we start? As Maria Von Trapp might suggest, “let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start.” Who doesn’t love a good nod to the Sound of Music? But, I digress. For our purposes, the beginning is a solid multi-disciplinary team with a shared passion for the vision and a willingness to be the champions of the cause. Together we will explore the purpose of this team, 10 strategies to create and sustain the team and it’s work and a brief overview of next steps. 

Social-Emotional Learning

Name It to Tame It is one of my favorite strategies and recently, I have found myself naming and attempting to tame endlessly with little relief. I’m grateful, scared, angry, sad, hopeful, lonely, joyful and so on and so forth. Despite my greatest efforts, I am more dysregulated than usual and I am exhausted. As I head into my 5th week of a stay at home order, I have done quite a bit of research in an attempt to give language to the rollercoaster of emotions I have witnessed in others and have experienced firsthand. It was when I was listening to a podcast with Dr. Brene Brown and David Kessler that I had several AHA! moments. This is grief. It is not just personal grief or secondary grief but collective grief. We are grieving, we are comparing suffering and at times we are judging one another’s grief. Oof! That’s a lot. But as I dug into those ideas, I felt healing.

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